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Council crackdown on fly-tipping in Essex

Increased efforts will be made to catch those responsible Credit: PA

New measures are to be introduced in Tendring in Essex to crackdown on fly-tipping.

The council's going to set up a team of officers to identity hot spots and use surveillance cameras to prosecute offenders.

Residents are to be asked to play their part by reporting offenders.

The council says the fly-tipping is blighting the countryside and the main aim is to stop it from continuing.

Tendring is going to crackdown hard on offenders it catches and will use its resources to prosecute them.

However, the main aim of the exercise is not to catch these offenders – the overall objective is to reduce the increasing amount of fly-tipping that goes on all around our District.

– Cllr Michael Talbot, Tendring District Council

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Scientists ask public to help record 'solitary bee' sightings

Solitary bees are unlike honeybees and bumblebees.

Scientists at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge want the public to help record sightings of solitary bees.

Unlike honeybees and bumblebees - solitary bees like the one pictured - rear their young on their own.

There are about 250 species of solitary bee in the UK, meaning they account for more than 90% of our total bee species

It is hoped the research will give a better understanding of important pollinators.

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Norfolk based bird charity launches £1.7 million fundraising campaign

A Norfolk-based bird charity has launched a £1.7 million fundraising campaign to buy the wildlife-rich land surrounding its existing nature reserve.

The Hawk and Owl Trust, at Sculthorpe near Fakenham, hopes to raise £850,000 to buy the fen by asking people to sponsor a parcel of land.

More money will be needed to manage the site and put in necessary infrastructure.

"The Moor has been managed by Hawk and OwlTrust since 2001, and is surrounded by a large area of rough farmland, fen and plantation. We have recently been lucky enough to be offered the chance to buy that land. If it is sold on the open market it would have devastating consequences for the existing reserve, in terms of land use, access issues and even our ability to manage our own reserve, as we can’t do that without coming across the neighbouring land.”

– Nigel Middleton, Reserve Manager

Controversial Newmarket development could be back in play

Plans for the development have attracted protests Credit: ITV Anglia

The controversial Hatchfield Farm planning development at Newmarket could be back on course.

The Secretary of State had originally refused the application by Lord Derby to build 400 homes on the site.

But that decision was quashed in the High Court today. It will now go back for the Secretary of State to look at the application again.

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